Start Once more: Facet Hustles! – Dance Journal

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Whether or not it’s as a result of many dance gigs don’t pay a lot, freelance schedules are unpredictable, or a dancer is simply beginning out of their skilled journey (like me), most dancers have aspect gigs to pay the payments. Mine are writing for Dance Media (clearly) and instructing leisure dancers between the ages of three and 10 at my very own college, Metropolis Dance, in New York Metropolis’s Higher West Facet neighborhood. Right here, I share how I selected my nonperformance jobs and the way the mix of careers has benefited my dancing.

Selecting My Moneymakers

Rising up, I by no means actually thought previous knowledgeable dance profession; it was such a mammoth purpose that I feared entertaining anything would possibly jinx it. However when my well being tanked and I couldn’t carry out, I wanted cash. What’s extra, I wanted to really feel related to bop—fortunately, on the identical time Heart Stage Performing Arts studio in Orem, Utah, wanted a instructor and provided me a job.

Over the course of 4 years, I taught ballet, jazz and personal classes to a few of their prime aggressive groups. A few of my former college students even went on to bop on So You Assume You Can DanceDancing with the StarsWorld of Dance and Dancing with the Stars: Juniors. Actually, two of them, Carter Williams and Alexis Warr Burton, are on the present season of SYTYCD!

Hilton along with her Metropolis Dance college students. Picture by Kadey Kia, Courtesy Hilton.

Concurrently, I received a level in journalism from Brigham Younger College—a path I made a decision on as a result of I’d at all times loved my English courses in highschool. When it got here time to decide on my senior-year internship, it was a no brainer. I had grown up studying Dance SpiritDance JournalPointe and Dance Instructor and was sure I’d take pleasure in working for them. As soon as once more, it was a job that will preserve me related to the dance world whereas I couldn’t carry out myself. What’s extra? It was positioned in New York Metropolis. Which meant if I in some way received wholesome, I’d be within the excellent place to start out dancing once more. (Which is strictly what occurred!)

I didn’t assume I’d have the power to write down full-time and train whereas in Manhattan, however a yr into residing within the metropolis, a mom in my neighborhood requested me to show a category for her baby and some of their associates. After instructing at Heart Stage, I used to be skeptical of leisure coaching, however I made a decision to provide it a shot. Since then, that small class of 5 dancers has grown right into a small college, with about 30 children, that I’m super-proud of. Earlier in my life I by no means envisioned myself instructing or writing, however now I can’t think about my life with out both!

Symbiotic Facet Hustles

Selecting two plan-B careers that incorporate my pure ability set in addition to what I’m keen about (dance) has turned out to be a significant reward. (After all, there are an infinite variety of side-hustle paths to take that aren’t related to dance in any respect, however, for me, this has been the fitting name.) Every one weaves into the opposite, benefiting my writing, my instructing, my dancing and my happiness. 

Hilton and her dancers after a efficiency. Courtesy Hilton.

For instance, I observed there have been some gaps in my instructing arsenal that I wasn’t positive easy methods to fill. I figured different lecturers may need related questions, so I made a decision to take a instructor coaching program (ABT’s Nationwide Coaching Curriculum) and write about it for Dance Instructor. The expertise gave our readers useful data and likewise helped me turn into a greater educator. Whereas I used to be prepping for my college students’ recital this yr, I used to be struggling to scrub the numbers. I figured this is perhaps a typical downside for different lecturers, so I pitched a narrative and interviewed specialists who gave nice recommendation that helped each me and my readers. And, after all, the clearest instance of profession symbiosis is on this very vlog/column. Writing about my return advantages my dancing by pushing me to do issues I may not have tried in any other case, which in return advantages my writing, giving me fascinating anecdotes to share with our readers. (And hopefully assist them, too!)

Instructing and writing about dance has been perfect for me, however I’d love to listen to concerning the alternatives which have saved you afloat financially throughout your dancing years. Head on over to Dance Journal’s Instagram account and remark in your favourite aspect hustle/day job up to now! And take a look at this month’s accompanying vlog over on Dance Journal’s YouTube channel to see one in all my aspect hustles in motion—my college had its recital and I documented the entire course of. The outcomes are positively lovable!


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